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Saturday science subject: Martian methane
— 12:19 PM on January 17, 2009

The presence of methane on Mars isn't entirely news in itself—we've known about it since 2003—but new research has shed a considerable amount of light...

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Circuit City bites the dust
— 4:59 PM on January 16, 2009

The second-biggest consumer electronics chain in the United States is going off life support and shutting down, the Associated Press reports. Circuit City hasn't...

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CES 2009: a pictorial
— 4:51 PM on January 15, 2009

Every year I get sick after CES. It's inevitable. Thankfully, I'm already starting to recover from whatever nasty bug I brought home this year, which...

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Metadot's Das Keyboard Professional
— 9:14 PM on January 12, 2009

Is Metadot's Das Keyboard Professional really worth the $130 price tag, and can it compete with the classic IBM Model M? Clicky keyboard purists want...

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Saturday science subject: Lumpy numbers
— 11:12 AM on January 10, 2009

Few savants can articulate their condition and explain how their minds work. Daniel Tammet can, and he's spoken with New Scientist to shed some...

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Blogger, or media?
— 12:46 PM on January 9, 2009

Day one of CES was filled with plenty of fun and a number of surprises, but none bigger than a revelation during registration: bloggers are...

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— 10:06 AM on January 6, 2009

Still pounding away on those two reviews in advance of CES.  This could get hairy, although I do have an awful lot of work done. ...

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Saturday science subject: The biopesticide
— 11:09 AM on January 3, 2009

What if you could nearly eradicate a tropical disease without wiping out the species of mosquito that carries it? According to Nature, a team of...

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Fry's exec busted for embezzeling over $65M
— 10:55 AM on December 24, 2008

Seems like we need a good recession every now and then to shake out the rats. Amid similar revelations in finance and politics, the...

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CES 2009: bring it on
— 10:22 AM on December 23, 2008

Christmas is a scant two days away, yet I can't stop myself from thinking about what's coming in two weeks: it's not MacWorld! How many...

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Saturday science subject: Wrapping gifts in 4D space
— 1:34 PM on December 20, 2008

As Christmas day approaches, folks everywhere are stocking up on wrapping paper and ribbons. Geeks everywhere face an entirely different conundrum, though: what's the most...

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Friday night topic: Facial hair!
— 5:19 PM on December 19, 2008

So, a few weeks ago, I quit shaving, and for the first time ever, really, I made a full-on attempt at growing a beard that...

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Saturday science subject: The big bounce
— 11:51 AM on December 13, 2008

What was there before the big bang? Conventional wisdom would tell you, "nothing," because the big bang theory says time itself emerged from the same...

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Saturday science subject: The placebo gene
— 1:00 PM on December 6, 2008

Are some of us genetically predisposed to get better when given sugar pills instead of actual medication? The findings of a study by Tomas Furmark...

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The boneyard
— 2:59 PM on December 1, 2008

Like many of you, I often find myself with a surplus of computers and PC components. Whether obtained as hand-me-downs or merely casualties of an...

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Saturday science subject: The halfling's leaf
— 12:15 PM on November 29, 2008

Why do our minds slow as we age? Do our neurons just become increasingly lazy? According to Scientific American, it's actually our ability to filter...

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Big rebate processor goes under
— 9:20 AM on November 24, 2008

We make no effort to hide our distaste for mail-in rebates, but they have become an integral part of computer hardware shopping, both online and...

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Saturday science subject: Martian glaciers
— 12:31 PM on November 22, 2008

NASA just keeps finding Earth-like features on Mars. After water ice and snow, the space agency has now uncovered water-ice glaciers hidden...

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